Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Ice Storm Outfit and a Blazer Becomes a Vest

This is what I wore to run into the Big City on Sunday. We decided to go in spite of the ice storm that was due later in the afternoon. It came in early, and was colder and wetter than we thought, and we made it home just before the worst hit. I wore a total of four layers (not counting unders) and was glad I did. After a mild teaser for spring, we're back to some serious blasts of late winter.


 ( I look like Carrot Top's Granny in these because of a color adjust fail with the very cold north light.  Way cooler than usual! Just trying to get a little flesh color into my hands and face!  Nope, haven't changed my hair color to "OMG ! Orange". 
Just look at the clothes, okay? )


I haven't worn the camel colored wool coat as it feels a little dull this year, but I was happy the way it worked with the rest of the pieces. I was happier still that is was perfectly warm and fairly light. 


  

The sleeveless blazer vest is a make-over of a too large but good quality blazer I had languishing in the closet. It had survived a purge because I wanted to see if I could re-make the piece by removing the sleeves. I cut the armholes deeper to fit my shoulders and I used the fabric from the removed sleeve for new facings. I'm very pleased with the fit, and although it could be a bit slimmer, it works well with the sweater and tank underneath. It also works well buttoned with a belt.

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68 comments:

  1. Wow, you look smashing! How clever of you to re-fashion that blazer.

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  2. HappinessatmidlifeMarch 4, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Great layering Jan! I love how you repurchased the blazer into a vest - what a clever idea. And your comment about Carrot Top's grandma totally made me laugh....you are too much!


    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  3. I want your pants! A lot. And if you say you found them at Target, I will pull out my hair in envy! Speaking of Target, I tried on a vest the other day that looks just like your repurposed jacket. I'd set it aside since it was $30 and I figured it'd go on sale soon, but now I'm thinking I can take one of my old blazers and just make it over like you did. Thanks for the idea! :D

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  4. Your layers look so classy, and I think the camel coat is just the right way to top them off! Great idea taking the sleeves off your blazer. I'm about to do that with a cotton, blazer-shaped top - I need a vest more than I need the sleeves. You've inspired me to get it done now!

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  5. Never has dressed for the weather and layering up looked so sexy!
    That camel coat could look dull but not with your good looks, amazing hair and slinky leather pants.
    Hope the weather improves for you soon! xxx

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  6. Nicolene RichardsMarch 5, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    The Camel coat is a knock out, you look so elegant. Perhaps perceived as dull by some, but to my mind the Camel coat is a classic! Love the entire ensemble head to toe!
    FF

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  7. you rock all your layers, and look really elegant and cool!, I usually like to take awful weather as an opportunity for layering and for wearing pretty coats!! and you did it so nicely!!
    love your revamped vest, such a great idea to improve any old jacket!
    besos

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  8. Your camel coat with your black leather pants is anything but dull, and works so well with your other layers. Clever girl making a vest from your jacket, as a total non sewer I have great admiration for those that can. Hope spring arrives for you soon.!

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  9. I am so loving that you have an Ice Storm outfit. :) First, the camel coat is so lovely (I have always wanted one). Second, what a cool redo on the blazer! Third, where do your pants stop and your boots begin? I love this seamless look! Lastly, well, the whole look rocks. Hope you get spring soon. It's 16 d C here by week's end - don't hate me. :) xo

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  10. Looking good baby!! What a clever idea to change the jacket into a vest. You have done very well. Did not know you could sew as well. Again.. so much more than a pretty face.
    Love your bag as well.
    And if you don't particularly like the colour of the coat, remember it is a perfect canvas for any colourful scarf (+ hat?). You are right though, in this combination the camel works very well.
    A pity to hear the weather has turned so cold again. Here in The Netherlands we have not had any real winter yet. It remains more or less between 6-10 degrees Celcius. No snow, not too much rain. Very unusual.
    Greetje

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  11. NEVER let that camel wool coat go! It's so classic, and will always be in style. Speaking of style, you are looking ever so Euro chic for the city. Everything here works famously! GAK! Really, we have no excuses for bad weather and dressing frumpy. You're proof!


    Okay, the blazer morphing into a vest...totally brilliant...your grandmother would be so pleased to see this!


    Jan, I mentioned you in a post last week, asking your opinion on my cap sleeves, LOL. After our little chat here on your blog a few weeks ago, I found myself eating crow as I had made a dress with, yup...cap sleeves. Please pop by for a look when you've got a minute.

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  12. I love the colour combo here. I don't know what you're talking about with your hair because on my screen it looks all kind of fabulous.


    You have given me a brilliant idea about your vest transformation. I am now going to be on the lookout for a leather jacket at the thrift stores that I can turn into a vest.


    The texture mix here is great too.


    Very chic lady! very chic.


    bisous
    Suzanne

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  13. Very slick styling! I love the fabulous leather trousers which you wear so well, and here they work especially well as the spice in the outfit to counter the plain vanilla classic-ness of a camel coat. Hope it warms up for you - been kind of mild here which usually means an ice storm is on its way!!

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  14. My dear you look just AMAZING!!! I love the colour combo and you look so fabulous in your leather pants. The blazer turned into a vest works wonder!!! A very chic combination.
    I don't see anything wrong with your hair.... it's just fantastic as mine :)
    On another note I want to thank you so much for your nice and kind comment and for all your support you left in my blog. I truly appreciate it!!!! (I wish I was feeling better...)
    Thank you again for linking with Très Chic Style Bits.
    Hugs and love your way, my dear!
    Btw - I accepted your lovely award in my most recent post! Please stop by as I talk about you.

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  15. Looking good Jan! What a fabulous idea to restyle a blazer into this vest. i just tried one like this on in the store with a button at the waist. Great classic look with the camel coat and excellent layering. Love how your pants fit beautifully with your boots.


    blue hue wonderland

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  16. Very creative and resourceful Jan! I love this colour combination, camel and black, you look chic, but you don't look like anyone's granny!

    ♥ carmen

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  17. Classic, refined and gorgeous. I love this outfit. You wear it well.

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  18. You look stunning!! I love your layered look, and all the colors (including your beautiful hair) work so well together! Just WOW!

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  19. What an elegant and classy outfit for a walk through the ice storm dear Jan!!! You were surely the best dressed ice storm lady! ;))))
    Looks so pretty on you.. so cute! :)
    I love your hair on this photos.. looks so wonderful this bright red and so fluffy.. fits perfect to you :)

    have a wonderful day dear
    many greetings from Germany with wonderful sunny warm weather
    Dana :)
    http://danalovesfashionandmusic.blogspot.de

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  20. You are rocking some lovely layers today, my dear. I must say that tan and black is one of my favorite neutral combos. It's always chic. That camel topper is such a classic piece. I should really invest in one of those too!

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  21. Hello! I had to see another red head! They rock you know. :-) I love the layers, the whole ensemble, and the boots especially . I am ready for spring, but I do love the camel color on you. If you would like to stop by, I have a chronic pain disease, but have been working on my blog, which keeps us busy huh? www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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  22. What a crazy weather! One day in sandales and the other in boots and winter coat. Fortunately you have such a cute warm coat. It is so elegant and classy and it fits you so well. Together with the leather jeans it is a fantastic outfit. You lool marvellous my dear Jan!
    Here spring has started and will show on weekend it's sunny side - I hope so!
    Have a good time!
    Sabine -
    http://achtstundensindkeintag.blogspot.de

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  23. Thank you ... so glad you like my blazer! It is so hard to find things here that I adapt when I can. I get why farm-wives in rural areas learned to sew. It's that or nothing sometimes, even now!

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  24. I love it that you laugh at the right times, Alice! That's important! Glad you liked my outfit. I'm getting sick of such cold weather, but I'm also trying to get the good out of my winter items as there will be an end to it soon. It's sunny but cold today ... but it perks up my spirits considerably. The mares are sun-napping in the pasture ... stretched out like dead horses. I watch sometimes to see the ears twitch and the tails flick at bugs.

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  25. Yikes. Don't tear your hair ... but yes, they're from the Kirna Zabete collab from a year or so ago. I think I tried on the same vest ... it just was too long on me proportionally and boxier than I want in that long of a vest. Sad for me, 'cause it's the first blazer-vest I've seen here.
    I'm really embarrassed that so many of my posts feature my Target finds. I've become that Old Lady That Blogs About Her Rural Target Wardrobe. Yikes. So I did purchase a great pair of shoes at Dillards this weekend ... wooo hooo! Gotta up my game, I think.

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  26. It was freaking cold that morning, Val, so I'm glad you liked my effort to keep warm and not turn into a Yam Popsickle. I love winter, but I'm running out of wintry looks to post! Hope your project goes well. How's the dye job on the little yellow blazer going?

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  27. Camel colour is a very classic of fashion ! I love it as it is so versatile! It goes perfect also with bright colours like fuchsia...
    Your coat is beautiful and elegant! I also like very much your sleeveless blazer: very cool!
    p.s. thank you gor including my blog in your list!
    theprettycute.blogspot.com

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  28. Camel has been everywhere for a long time, so I guess it is really a classic neutral these days. The coat is cut swing-style, and frankly, looks more modern thrown over the shoulders. It is one of my favorites, so I'm glad you liked it's bloggy debut! Thank you so much for your kind words, Nicolene!

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  29. This is high praise from the Queen of Layers! Thank you so much, Senora. I know I've done something right if you like it!

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  30. Four layers is a lot for my part of the world, any time of the year! So, this can be worn only during a serious winter-weather event, like and ice storm! I'm so happy you liked my look. You definitely have effortless-chic down pat, so I feel like I did something right! I'm so glad you are having fine weather ... so nice for a young family with a baby. Enjoy your spring ... mine will arrive eventually and get too hot, too quickly. I should never wish winter away!

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  31. Thank you, Greetje! Glad you liked my cold weather layers ... four are a lot for my short frame to tolerate! Especially glad you liked my vest. I was pleased with how it came out! I'm much better at minor alterations than original constructions, but I'm seeing so many more women sewing again that I'm encouraged!
    Not much of a hat girl. My hair is so fine that a hat ruins it every time, and it's hard to stay in a hat all day or evening here. And I'm sort of off scarves this year. I wore so many last year, but you are quite right about how a scarf can make an outfit work. I'll rethink my resistance.
    I'm happy that you're having a mild winter, and I hope you get enough rain without too much cold. As unpleasant as the freeze was, we need it here for crops and bugs. Just not too often or too late! So far, so good ... the weekend coming up looks pleasant. Fingers and toes crossed.

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  32. Thank you! I've missed seeing you out and about! Winter is always a wardrobe challenge for me, too. Being short always makes layers challenging. Hope your weather improves soon!

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  33. Thanks so much Vix! It's hard to hang four layers on my shortness and make it work. That just made my day. I thought the pants brought a little edge to it all, and worked to keep me warm like even wool can't! The weather is improving, thank you, so I appreciate your good wishes even more.

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  34. Yes! I just saw your dress! Not really what I think of as cap sleeved ... very sophisticated and not at all little-girly or puffy! Pretty, pretty, PRETTY on you, gorgeous. No crow needs eating. You just have excellent taste.
    So nice of you to mention my grandmother ... I was thinking that she'd approve that I did remember some of what she had to teach me. We butted heads a lot when I was a young woman as she made her preference for her grandsons plainly known. But perhaps she'd feel differently now ... who knows? I am completely content with the shoulder adjustments, and that wasn't an easy thing for me to do.
    Thanks so much for your sweet comments. I always feel that you understand my struggle just to stay presentable down here!

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  35. You are beyond sweet, Suzanne. It looked great when I did a bit of a color boost on PicMonkey, and fine when I pasted it into Blogger, but when I checked to see how it looked after publication ... YIKES! Maybe just my computer, and I'm glad it works for you.
    Glad you got inspiration from this post ... and I can't wait to see what you do with it! Hope also that your weather has improved, too. When my customers complain about the bit of snow we had, I counter with some of your tales. "I have this friend in Eastern Canada ..."
    Makes our woes look silly!

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  36. I really need to find that Va-Va-Voom Room and spend some more time there. I do get some looks in my faux leather britches. I can only hope they're thinking something nice behind the eyeballs! They're not too tight, so perhaps its okay.
    So glad you're having spring ... reminds me that it's on it's way! Very strange winter weather, here. Such a late cold snap that lingers. The up side is that our monster-blood-sucking ticks won't be as bad this year! Ew. They hop on the dogs, and jump from them to me. They love me, the little bastards. It's a wonder I don't have Lyme disease!
    Yes ... you GET the hair color thing. Thank you. Amateur bloggers are kind and get it, I think.
    No, you rock. YOU ROCK, Curtise. But thanks! Love to hear it from you.

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  37. Thank you, V. It was a self imposed task to pile on as many layers as I could and make it work. Glad you think it worked for me!
    I'm still not over watching you dance! Loved the video. So fun, even from a distance. More, please!
    Hope your spring stays sprung!

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  38. Thank you so much, Seeker. You're always so kind and it's a pleasure to hear such nice things!
    My flaming hair ... it doesn't really look like this ... not so bright. Glad you don't mind it, though. Ha!
    So glad you had fun with the award. I got through about 1/2 of a response on your site and had some problems with my system that prevented my post. Has to do with a couple of my programs ... don't worry. No infections! But you may get some strange posts from me, that seem half finished. They are! I'll try to get things sorted in a day or two.
    I did see it though, and was so happy to hear your responses.
    Hope you're feeling better today! I'll be in touch ...

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  39. Well, the color may be off, but I'm loving how it looks on that camel coat! And your new vest - wow!! As Alicia mentions, I'm jealous too. Why oh why couldn't I have been more skilled with a needle and thread?! But seriously, I doubt I would even have thought to make such a wonderful vest - it's a fabulous idea and you look like a rock 'n roll babe with a classy twist. In other words - perfect!!
    xo ~kim & chloe

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  40. Thank you, Jill! ( I was thinking about your pink jacket today ... still love the way the back is shaped.) I was pretty pleased the way it worked out. I'm not a good seamstress, but I picked up a few alteration techniques from my grandmother who was a professional tailor. At 5', I have to alter length on just about everything!
    Spring will arrive, eventually. We look to have a bit of winter to come, though.
    So happy you stopped by.

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  41. I had to jury-rig this one 'cause I never find what I want in stores! I have seen only one besides mine, at Target, of course, but it didn't work well proportionately. I'm glad you liked my efforts to update the old camel coat. You are always very kind. So glad you came by and hope all is going well at your end!

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  42. Ha! That's me, resourceful. Doesn't always work well, and gets old having to figure it out for myself. But it's a way to get it done, and I manage to get dressed, somehow! You are so sweet, and I hope you are feeling better. Nasty to have a cold in miserable weather! Hang in there kid.

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  43. Brilliant article at your place today, Glenda. Great thoughts about our mutual interest. Thanks for opening it up for discussion.
    So kind of you. Glad you liked my outfit! Always nice coming from you.

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  44. That's so nice of you, Natalia. Glad you liked my layers. Four of them are a lot to hang on my short frame. You get that, I think, as a sister petite. Glad you had fun with my post, and glad to hear from you!

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  45. I was glad I could finally catch up with you, at least a bit! I'm so far behind with everything! My hair really isn't that color, and I'm not sure why the filter made it SO orange, but I agree, it did look fun! Glad you're having great weather, and so happy you stopped by. Thanks for all, DJ.

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  46. I love the outfit!
    I also love your hair.

    <3
    Harlynn
    mindyourmadness.blogspot.com

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  47. Love the hair Jan, and the vest is beautiful. Good you didn't throw it away.

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  48. Hey Jan, I'll reply here as your comments are more conversation friendly than mine. Thanks for your kind comments! My mom was saying the same thing...often the shoulder is the best part of the arm, so covering it, and only it, up seems a crime. But I agree, my sleeves have enough interest and just enough length to take them out of cap territory.

    It's not the first time I've encountered grandparent favouritism. Ugh!!! You'd think they would know better. With that being said, I do believe that we come to this stage with a role to play. I strongly believe that your grandmother is once again in her eternal state and expressing only the purest of love for you!

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  49. Awwwh. Once can hope. So sweet of you, Sue!

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  50. Thank you, Alison! It was a challenge to pile on the layers on my short frame. Very comfortable as the day wore on. Glad you liked how it looked. I never thought I'd wear a coat as often as I do down here in MidNowhere.

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  51. We have sunshine today! Looks like the weekend will be fine, so I feel like spring might eventually arrive. Thank you for your sweet remarks, Sabine. Hope you're having a great week ... I think of my friend in Germany so often!

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  52. Thank you, Zalina. Glad you like the freezy-cold-day layers. Really, the hair is not nearly that bright ... I'm not a good editor. But glad you like the basics! Happy to see you stop by, dear Z.

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  53. Hey, Dan! Thank you for your very nice comments. I don't wear camel much, but I'm glad for you to point out that it goes with brights ... it does, you're right! Happy to be back in touch with you!

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  54. Tamera Ferguson WolfeMarch 7, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Your ice found us as MORE snow. UGH!!
    I am in LOVE with your DIY blazer vest. I need to copy this idea.....
    much love to you and yours from all of us furry and otherwise!!

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  55. Thank you, Harlynn! So nice of you to stop by and say nice things ... great to meet you! I popped over to your place, and will be back A LOT. Love it! You're welcome here any time!

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  56. Hello, Elsie! Thank you ... glad you like my hair. It's a big deal for me, and a learning process as I've only recently gone short. Yes, I'm glad I saved it, along with a chocolate blazer that I also saved, but haven't attacked yet! Glad I kept a few "fat clothes" that can be repurposed!
    So happy you stopped by.

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  57. Poor baby ... I'm so sorry for your rotten weather and your rotten back problems. I so identify. A long time ago, I had an extruded disk, and still remember the really evil pain. This is something that you could easily do ... especially since you'll have a blazer or two in your closet that won't fit next year ... perfect project!
    Oh, honey, hurry and get well. We miss your face. Snuzzle the pups, please!

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  58. Okay, are you wearing leather pants that turn into boots or leather boots that go all the way up?! Either way you're looking hot! And very smart too with your revamped blazer turned vest. Hey, at least you've had a fake-out spring. It's been nothing but straight out freezing cold here for 3 months!

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  59. Lifestyleover40.comMarch 8, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Great outfit Jan, very elegant and classy. I love what you did with your vest, I never dare to do such alterations as they never come out right. I so wanted to own a camel coat this winter but, unfortunately , where I live there was no excuse to buying another coat as we hardly have winter. The days are already so warm its time to pack away all winter clothing. sara

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  60. The weekend is going to be splendid here as well. And you are right, we need the freeze for the bugs. I am afraid there will be a lot of bugs in The Netherlands this summer. If it starts freezing now (which is still possible for another two months) it will kill a lot of flora. Have a wonderful weekend my dear.

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  61. Neither, but I see what you mean. The pants just slip over the top of these close-to-the-ankle booties. You guys who REALLY know how to sew knock me out, so I'm always happy when one of my little projects work out. Thank you so much for your neat comments!
    Hope your weather lightens up soon.

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  62. Hey, Sara! Glad you like my layers. So glad you're getting some fine weather! My coat is a couple of years old and it was good to get it out and wear it. It's slightly swingy in shape, so it looks a little dated, but its conservative design also makes it a keeper. Glad you stopped by ... I'm always happy to see you.

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  63. Fabulous look, Jan! I love the classy combination of black and beige/camel.
    The title of your post immediately caught my attention as I have 2 similar black blazers (don't ask me why...!) and just recently I thought of turning one of them into a vest! I will give it another thought now.

    Because of our very mild winter this year my camel coat became the most worn coat over the last couple of months!

    Annette | Lady of Style

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  64. What's with your ever ending ice storms? My husband experienced one last time he was there, not a fun experience. We get lots of fluffy snow and rain but no ice storms (thank goodness). Now, I will say, the one good thing about an ice storm is that we got too see how to layer. And, you sure know how to do it up nicely. Well, actually you somehow took layering warm pieces to such a classy and stylish high for me. I honestly find myself just throwing on warm sweaters and heavy coats, but here you are layering ever so nicely and making it look like so much fun.
    And, guess what, I'm coming to town, yeah for the two of us. I'm going to send you a message right now to see which evening would work best for you and Dan to meet up.

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  65. Dawn @ AlterEgoFashionistaMarch 10, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    First, I must say that I'm sorry about all the Arctic blasts that have relentlessly hit the eastern half of the nation this winter...what's up with that? In northern AZ, we've had a second super-mild winter in a row...lots of 60's and even 70's...what's up with that? But...we can hardly layer at all this year...so sad. I guess I'll have to live vicariously through you! You've done a stellar job with your ensemble , and even stayed warm! You know that camel coats are really "in" right now...but it all comes down to how we feel in our clothes. Love the refashioning of the blazer...I been spending lots of hours on the couch doing mending and alterations with my broken foot...thanks for being a great influence!

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  66. Jan, layering at its best. Black and camel is one of the most classic color combos but those leather pants takey your ensemble to the next level, super modern yet classic chic, love it :-)


    ani

    www.fleurani.blogspot.de

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  67. Look at you rockin' the leather pants...love 'em! And that former blazer now a vest is right on trend. Don't you love when the color in your photos does it's own thing?!
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.blogspot.com

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